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Book Review

Becoming a Praying Congregation, edited by Rueben P. Job, Abingdon Press, 2009

This book is full of articles written by people involved in prayer ministry who desire to share their experiences to help others deepen the prayer life of their congregation. The book is divided into six sections:

"Leading a Praying Congregation" focuses on the role of the pastor in relation to the congregation and the development of the individual pastor's or leader's prayer life. This section also provides information on personal prayer retreats.

"Making Prayer Central in Worship" describes many ways to incorporate prayer into worship services. The section also includes an article on including children in prayer during worship.

"The Congregation in Prayer" describes ways to encourage continual prayer growth in the congregation by training prayer volunteers, offering prayer events, handling prayer requests, holding healing services, and more.

"Teaching Prayer Practices with Children, Youth, and Adults" describes ways to equip all ages to pray. One article talks about the different prayer personalities and how to encourage prayer in types of personalities. The section also describes the use of prayer beads as a teaching tool.

"Becoming a Praying Congregation at Home" includes articles on how to encourage praying households, praying couples, and parents who teach their children to pray.

"Living as a Praying Congregation" includes articles on how to keep the prayer flames burning in the congregation throughout the year and into the next year.

This resource includes a DVD with many useful tools to use as you create a prayer ministry in your church. The book is well laid out and easy to implement in any church body.

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